It Is Possible For Babies To Catch Herpes From Adults?

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I want to ask if adults have recovered from herpes, can it be passed on to babies

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Hello Mr. Endang,

Herpes is classified into 2, namely herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Herpes simplex is caused by the herpes simplex virus and herpes zoster is caused by the varicella zoster virus.

Herpes simplex is again divided into 2, namely type 1 and type 2. Herpes simplex type 1 can be transmitted through direct contact with sufferers (on the skin or mucosa), including through contact with their saliva, but is not transmitted sexually. Skin disorders appear mainly in the area of ​​the nose, lips and mouth. Infants and children can get herpes simplex type 1, for example through contact with the patient's saliva. This is the reason why children should not be kissed by just anyone. See related links HERE. Herpes simplex type 2 is mainly located in the lower back, especially the genitalia, and is sexually transmitted.

On the other hand, herpes zoster occurs due to reactivation of the varicella zoster virus. In people who have had chickenpox, the virus that is in a "sleeping" state in the nerves can be active again at any time when the body's immune system weakens and causes shingles. Although mainly found in adults, infants and children can also experience herpes zoster. Transmission of the varicella zoster virus can occur through direct contact or through coughing/sneezing of sufferers.

Both herpes zoster and herpes simplex, generally the highest risk of transmission occurs when the skin disorder is still active or we consider the patient to be in a sick condition. Through treatment with antivirals, herpes symptoms generally improve so that sufferers recover. When recovered, the risk of transmission to healthy people can be considered very small even though the herpes virus can remain in nerves for years in a dormant (latent) state.

Regarding your question, the risk of transmission may be small (either herpes zoster or simplex), but still make sure the baby is in good health and you should first avoid skin or mucous membrane (saliva) contact with sufferers. If you are in doubt, consult a doctor directly to determine whether the herpes sufferer is actually declared cured or whether there is still a high chance of transmitting the herpes virus.

Hopefully useful, thank you

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